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this might be regret. how do you start it by starting another war. >> the obama white house is engaged in a war of words with "washington post" reporter bob woodward over the origin of the spending cuts. >> jon: oh, a war of words as long as one of those words isn't drone, really that's the kind of war you can get into with this administration. why would you word war with a ledge gend dairy word warrior like woodward? [cheers and applause] [laughter] hairball. [ laughter ] woodward, of course is the hand some redford half of woodward and bern styne. it goes back when he said the white house moved the goal post on the current sequester proceedings by suggesting tax increases inlew of cuts. the republicans agreed to spending cuts. a fair accounting of overall debt would allow them -- so the notion that obama was moving the goal post was less accurate that -- sorry. wanted to wake you guys back up. [laughter] apologize. [cheers and applause] that's actually as far as we got even writing frankly. it was -- [snoring] [laughter] it was after that article that woodward received a rather curio
like the obama white house would have at least been in on it. dianne feinstein doesn't think so. >> andrea: i think the white house knew from the get-go this did not have the muster to pass the senate. if i could comment on mighter moore. i -- michael moore. it hate to diagnose liberal logic but isn't he saying if your relative was killed bay car, you should want all cars banned, i guess? are we supposed to ban cars? it doesn't make much sense. assault weapons ban was done for political reason and it makes harry reid look like this moderate and gets all the democrats didn't want it cover. they can look like they are voting against it now. on an amendment. separately for it. it's basically a two-fer but in a political way for them. to answer your question, it took me a while, but i think that they had this -- >> dana: i was surprised. >> bob: this is pure and simple harry reid projecting his majority. harry reid will do anything necessary to keep his job. he has six democratic senators out for re-election from very difficult states weapons bans an the clips. assault weapons been
is a first for the obama administration, the white house today reminded reporters the president is the president wherever he goes. >>> it was a glittering night at the white house. 1985, princess diana and john travolta on the dance floor. her midnight blue gown was an instant sensation. it has sold at auction for $362,000 and change to an anonymous bidder who wanted to surprise his wife. >>> a big problem for lululemon, the makers of high end popular yoga clothes. they are recalling 17% of the women's yoga pants sold in their stores because they are see-through. they were made too sheer. they show too much. the vancouver-based company will take a financial hit and there may be shortages until their stock can get back up on its feet. >>> when we come back here tonight, a story of progress. schools thinking outside the box and outside the gym to help kids get some exercise. >> announcer: stories of progress, brought to you by citi. supporting progress for 200 years. >>> our final story tonight is one of progress for all those school children who have no regular gym class. that's
. but at the white house, president obama's spokesman late any blame on the assad government. >> deeply skeptical of a regime that lost all credibility and we one the regime against making these kinds of charges as any pretax or cover for its use of chemical weapons. >> whether in fact they casualty's were caused by chemical weapon has not been verified. al jazeera asked a leading expert to examine the hospital video and accounts of the attack. his conclusion, the casualties were not consistent with syria's reputed stockpile of chemical agents. >> if i had to make a quick decision, i would take out any sort of nominal chemical warfare agent and i would focus more on the -- if it is a chemical warfare agent, it is not working very well. >> the have often accused the syrian military of using chemical weapons but this is the first time the government made the same accusation against them. a syrian government official said the attack would be reported to human rights organizations but did not indicate whether outside experts would be given free access to investigate the attack. become aer, iraq has r
in the obama white house as an economic top advisor. so we know that for the past three years, growth in america has fallen well below, really, what the congressional budget office, our experts, have predicted. these studies show our debt is hurting the economy now and that increased spending and more debt must end now. it cannot be contended any longer that it is good for america to borrow more and spend more. we cannot borrow more to spend more. somebody compared that to taking a bucket in one end -- the deep end of the swimming pool and filling it up and going to the shallow end and pouring it in. the borrow to spend and you drop some along the way, truth be known. we must grow the economy, not keep growing the government and certainly not keep growing the debt. so i believe we all know this. i think the american people know it. and we in congress have a responsibility to honestly confront this challenge and put our country on the right path. and, as we've learned, we actually don't have to cut spending. all we really need to do is allow the spending to increase, but allow it to in
proposing since president obama won the white house back for democrats. and look what happens to the conservative rationale for budget can you tell us when conservatives get more honest about the debt and deficit. a conservative columnist says about the new ryan budget, it sacrificed seriousness for seriousness by promising to reach budgetary balance, not over the long term as budgets 1.0 and 2.0 did, but in a ten year window. this is not going to happen, and more importantly there's no reason why it needs to happen. modest deficits are perfectly compatible with fiscal responsibility. talk about singing a new tune. and the conservative think tank, the american enterprise institute asks why does the budget need to balance in ten years? debt reduction doesn't require balance, just that the economy is growing faster than the debt, while the plan does put the debt to gdp ratio on a downward trajectory, it probably doesn't need to be quite as steep. ezra klein, this is a big deal, and you're here on this show to prove it is a big deal. you would never come out this late if this was
to other staffing. there was no influx of excessive staffing when president obama came to the white house. and the dog walker she mentions is in reality the white house groundskeeper. cnn's dana bash attempted to follow up with bachmann about what he had said. the as a result, both women out of breath and a dramatic shift in topic. >> what i want to ask you about is the fact that you talked about the excesses that he's engaged in, the fact that he has a dog walker which is not true. >> the big point of my speech was about benghazi. this was an absolute disaster. >> you also made specific accusations about the president spending money that other presidents also made. >> the real issue is there are four americans that are dead. the secretary of state was not in conversation with a secretary of defense or with the chair of the joint chiefs of staff. >> i think that's an important point. if you want to focus on that -- >> that's it. that's what's important. do you want to talk about dog handlers and there's four americans killed? >> congresswoman, you're the one who put it up. >> of course, t
peace process and iran's nuclear peace program. >> the white house is on a charm offensive. last week, barack obama spoke on israeli television, addressing directly some of israel's concerns. > i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon -- that is a red line for us. it is something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world, dangerous for u.s. national security interests. >> in washington, it is no secret that obama does not have a good relationship with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front in public, as here in washington last year. >> they have fundamentally different views of how to advance peace in the area. the president started off by pressuring israel to make concessions, and israel, understandably, resisted and resented, and it has been like that for the last four years, unfortunately. >> israel looks to the u.s. to safeguard its very existence. republicans are quick to point out that while obama visited egypt during his first term, he never went to israel. the
of president obama's appointments. this week the committee voted unanimously to approve mary jo white as head of the sec. she is expected to be approved by the full senate later this week. meanwhile, the committee voted 12-to-10 on the nomination of consumer financial protection bureau head richard cordray. republicans may vote in order to block the nomination. some lawmakers have aruged they want more than one head to the bureau. the eyes of the sec and department of justice are on microsoft. according to the wall street journal, the probe involves microsoft's relationship with firms accused of bribing foreign officials in china, italy and romania. microsoft is not accused of any wrong doing. however, the sec is charging investment manager craig berkman with promising investors he had special access to pre-ipo stock in facebook, linkedin, zynga and groupon. berkman is accused of using their money to pay off earlier investors, similar to a ponzi scheme. ryan air ceo michael o'leary gives a colorful description of boeing's dreamliner safety concerns. reducing the issues with the new jet's lith
this morning from the white house on these reports, peter? >> reporter: the latest word, bill, that the obama administration is deeply skeptical of the claims assad is making in syria because as press secretary jay carney says the assad regime has lost all credibility in the eyes of the world but carney made crystal clear the president's position about chemical use, chemical weapon use in syria being a red line has not changed. >> the president clear when he said if assad and those under his command make the mistake of using chemical weapons or fail to meet the obligation to secure them, there will be consequences and they will be held accountable. >> reporter: we still don't know what the consequences would be because carney wouldn't tell us yesterday but he told us the president will talk about what is happening in syria with the leaders of israel, palestine and jordan before he heads back to washington. bill: one of the main topics on the trip. peter doocy live in washington. mart has that a bit more on that. martha? martha: these are not the first we've had out of syria. the rebels accuse
: but look what president obama did when it came to obamacare. >> that's exactly right. and in the white house, begged him not to do obamacare and made her walk the plank and she didn't get reelected. that was a hill he was willing to die on and let members of his party die on. what's different this time the 94 assault weapons ban, we have ten years of evidence that the relative effectiveness of it and what it showed was that it had minimal to no effect in preventing these kinds of crimes so people are taking a look at this and saying, why should i vote for something that last time around was useless and ineffective and actually unnecessary infringement on the second amendment. >> megyn: do they really believe. are they believes that it would make a difference? show out one other thing, there is a theory among some that this was the plan all along. they knew this part would never get through and now, this allows those in the senate to look more reasonable when they cast a vote in favor of background checks and remainder of the legislation which pales in comparison to the assault weapons
to hear from him very shortly. the white house says this trip is a chance for president obama is connect with the israeli people. a poll published last week shows only 10% had a favorable attitude for him. president obama and israeli leaders both agree that something needs to be done to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. israel threatened to take military action if iran appeared to be on the verge of having a bomb. president obama pushed for more time for peace talks but says military action is still on the table. president obama once hep weres up his -- once he wraps up this conference, he will head to speak to benjamin netanyahu where they will hold a press conference in about three hours. back to you. >> thank you. >>> a sheriff says it appears a 911 call to a middle school school in southern minnesota was a hoax. the school in new prague, minnesota immediately went on red alert and locked down each class when a caller said there was someone with an ak-47. a search of the school turned up nothing. they say everyone is southwest. this school is 45 miles southwest of minneapolis
at the conservative conference cpac. bachmann accused president obama of frivolous spending on a lavish white house lifestyle. listen. >> now we find out that there are five chefs on air force one. there are two projectionists who operate the white house movie theater. they regularly sleep at the white house in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. we are also the ones who are paying for someone who walk the president's dog. >> okay. so now watch what happens when cnn's dana bash asks bachmann about her allegations. >> reporter: congresswoman, can i ask you about your speech at cpac. you made some accusations against the president that were either questionable or untrue. can i talk to you about that? i want to ask you some specifics. >> well, the comments that i made about the president are during the benghazi debacle the president went missing. >> reporter: no. what i want to ask you about is the fact that you said -- you talked about the excesses that he's engaged in. the fact that he has a dog walker, which is not true. >> the big point in my sp
. the white house says this trip is a chance for president obama is connect with the israeli people. a poll published last week shows only 10% had a favorable attitude for him. president obama and israeli leaders both agree that something needs to be done to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. israel threatened to take military action if iran appeared to be on the verge of having a bomb. president obama pushed for more time for peace talks but says military action is still on the table. president obama once hep weres up his -- once he wraps up this conference, he will head to speak to benjamin netanyahu where they will hold a press conference in about three hours. back to you. >> thank you. >>> a sheriff says it appears a 911 call to a middle school school in southern minnesota was a hoax. the school in new prague, minnesota immediately went on red alert and locked down each class when a caller said there was someone with an ak-47. a search of the school turned up nothing. they say everyone is southwest. this school is 45 miles southwest
. meet the group that did. >>> and what's that jumping out of the trunk of the car. president obama will arrive in israel has his first visit as commander in chief. it comes as peace plans remain elusive. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander joins us live from jerusalem. peter, good morning. >> good morning to you. a beautiful day here in jerusalem. you can see the historical city in the background behind us. the president is expected to be here a short time from now before you arrives in tel aviv. this trip is being billed as the unbreakable alliance. a former senior administration official told me it is more of an opportunity for a reset for the president in terms of his relationship with this country. america's strongest ally in the middle east you can expect to see a lot more symbolism than substance. consider this, 40% of israelis say they believe the president has a hostile view of israel. that's something the president and administration is hoping to patch up over the course of the next several days. there will be a series of meetings, including some time for th
of all, the president, president obama's, credibility is very, very critical. they is said from the white house podium that any use from the chemical weapons would be a red line. presumably this would be the trigger for more american involvement. as you know, craig, u.s. has been behind other allies, britain and france pressing on the u.s. to do more. we have done human. aid, nonlethal aid, helped to the combatance, but not what they have been pleading for. which is more weaponry. so there's a lot of pressure on the white house to become more involved in syria. this is skoesten shl because they have to wonder about what will follow the civil war. if assad is going to fall, will it be another vacuum like the vk um that has taken place, leading to huge securityish a us in egypt next door. egypt has a government. not entirely functioning government but it hasn't cancelled the historic peace treaty with israel. but security situation in egypt is collapsing all around it and that is the real fear, if they have total collapse. al qaeda elements increasingly large roles in the opposition. and a
to transport patients to area hospitals. the white house says president obama was immediately briefed on the incident. >> "the president's thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who were lost and to those who are injured. we're obviously in the early stages of assessing the incident. it's a tragedy, clearly." >> the army depot is used for storing ammunition and weapon stocks set to be deactivated. it's also used by military units for high desert trainingfore deployment overseas. the marines involved were based at camp lejeune, n.c. while the investigation continues, the military is holding off on using any of the mortars from the same manufacturing lot as the ones that were used at the nevada base. >> catherine: while not unexpected, a huge blow today for advocates of gun control. senate majority leader harry reid says a ban on assault weapons will not be a part of a gun control package he brings to the senate floor for debate. kron 4's dan kerman is here with what this means and why gun control advocates still have hope. >> reporter: harry reid says there is just not enough
's the reason she's not in the white house. that's why the progressive left rallied behind barack obama. we all knew when talking about politician that is didn't know or knew, we knew. i was in u.s. foreign policy undergrad at the time and screaming at top of my lungs this is a lie this is a lie. certainly hillary clinton is not the president today because she couldn't see what we could all see. >> not going to stop her from being president in four years. >> no, and i don't agree that's why she's not president today. >> why didn't she get the nomination? >> she got beat, she got trumped and it had nothing to do with the positions on the war, really didn't. i take your point, i really do and i don't want to overly defend her. >> i'm a hillary fan. >> is that why hillary's not president? >> no, i just think that so many people wanted a black man rather than a woman in power like they were first in line. >> well, i guess we could debate it all night. zerlina maxwell and lauren windsor, thank you all for your great insights. cheap is good. and sushi, good. but cheap sushi, not so good. it's
many to recoil here in washington, particularly at senior levels of the obama administration to some degree i think it's propelled the white house towards a greater reliance on drones, intelligence operations, on the use of small special forces teams to target terrorist cells around the world as opposed to trying to do more traditional nation building and remaking of society. perform. >> woodruff: ravij chandrasekaran and michael gordon, thank you for helping us look back. >> pleasure to talk to you. ruch rough we are collecting your iraq war stories, your reflections and lessons learned. find out how the share those on our home page. again, the major developments of the day, car bombings and suicide blasts killed 65 people in baghdad on the tenth anniversary of the u.s. led invasion of iraq. pope francis formally took office and called for the church to defend the weak and protect the environment. and the u.s. rejected claims by the syrian government that rebels used chemical weapons. >> woodruff: another newshour colleague is on a reporting trip abroad. ray suarez is in ireland and
on set for the hour, ryan grim, huff post washington bureau chief, and tony frato, former white house deputy press secretary. welcome to one and all, if i may go to you first, ambassador, there's all this media chatter that i'm reading today that president obama the not know what he wants to do and he has no agenda. it's said that he was the first u.s. president to visit israel as a tourist. okay, do you feel that obama has no agenda items at all as the middle east is unraffivaling in >> -- unraveling? >> no, he has a real agenda, to introduce himself to the people of israel as a friend. everything that he said says that, that he has their back, that he will be in the trenches with them when the chips are down and he cares about their security and he will not let iran get nuclear weapons. that is his message and the purpose is to improve his standing with the public of israel. he is at a ten-point approval rating. we will see a bounce because of the way he is embraced by the prime minister. that will be important because a high public opinion approval rating in israel will make the pr
is doing it again. >> did you see the pictures of president obama playing golf with tiger woods this weekend? neither did we. >> the media covering the president was shutout. the press corps complained. >> fox news' ed henry speaking in his role as white house correspondents' association president said, "it is not about golf. it's about transparency and access in a broader sense." >> the president should have in all fairness due to transparency released some photographs of him either teeing off with tiger or perhaps when they finished. the american people deserve to see what the president of the united states is doing. >> stephen: absolutely. this is about transparency. about a free press holding our leader accountable. i mean it's one thing to keep us in the dark about a fleet of flying robo-assassins. but a round of golf on your day off? where's the judicial oversight? oh, i suppose white house lawyers have drawn up some convoluted legal justification for using a five-wood on a par three! there are a lot of holes in this story, folks. specifically, 18. america deserves to know
obama of very frivolous and lavish spending on a lifestyle within the white house. have a listen to how she characterized it. >> now we find out that there are five chefs on air force one. there are two projectionists who operate the white house movie theater. they regularly sleep at the white house in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. we are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. >> all right. so i'm going to re-join that story in a moment. but i want that take you right back to israel right now, because that news conference we've been awaiting with president shimon peres and united states president, president obama, has begun. and i want to listen in. let's turn up the mics. >> and see that we can agree and discuss it openly and freely. after the meeting we just had, i feel more confidence that your vision can be transformed the middle east. your vision is achievable. you arrived here already with an impressive record of answering our needs. particularly and unforgetably in the domain of security. i
with the prime minister about getting away from congress. prime minister binyamin netanyahu told president obama he would help him with the wish to travel through israel secretly. >> we picked up a few cafes and bars in tel aviv and we have prepared a fake mustache for you. >> the white house has lowered expectation for the trip saying there will not be breakthroughs on the peace process but the president will visit the west bank and meet with palestinian leaders. protesters have already taken to the streets in gaza city burning american flags and posters of president obama. but israel has high hopes for productive presidential visit. the embassy releasing this cartoon with a subtle message. ♪ thank you for being a friend, a friend ♪ >> the president's trip hit a bump in the road. the armored limousine broke down in jerusalem as the driver filled it with gas rather than zeal but it was towed before the president arrived in israel. this is video of president obama getting into the replacement car. the president will be visiting jordan on this trip and he will be in the region until saturday.
congress. prime minister binyamin netanyahu told president obama he would help him with the wish to travel through israel secretly. >> we picked up a few cafes and bars in tel aviv and we have prepared a fake mustache for you. >> the white house has lowered expectation for the trip saying there will not be breakthroughs on the peace process but the president will visit the west bank and meet with palestinian leaders. protesters have already taken to the streets in gaza city burning american flags and posters of president obama. but israel has high hopes for productive presidential visit. the embassy releasing this cartoon with a subtle message. ♪ thank you for being a friend, a friend ♪ >> the president's trip hit a bump in the road. the armored limousine broke down in jerusalem as the driver filled it with gas rather than zeal but it was towed before the president arrived in israel. this is video of president obama getting into the replacement car. the president will be visiting jordan on this trip and he will be in the region until saturday. >> a new government study this morning sho
to have satan look like barack obama? >> i can't speak for them. can i only say that all the good guys are very white. and very white face. >> bill: more of a resemblance. >> i know. she was going to the white house today. she says is he one of my christian brothers. maybe it was just. >> bill: who was going to the white house. >> roma downie was going to the white house today because prescheduled thing with the devil. >> bill: i hope the president didn't see this. >> meeting the devil today for dinner. >> i also think that there is a likeness there but i don't think it was purposeful on mark burnett's side or his wife's. >> bill: really? how could that happen then. >> because they're big supporters of obama. they have given him money. they praise him all the time on the record. so, possibly, maybe some makeup artists or somebody fiddle with cgi and somebody went rogue and made him look more like obama and that's a possibility too. no way the history channel or the burnetts said hey make the devil like like obama. >> bill: i don't know. >> somebody's freudian slip is showing here. [ la
to quote, unquote, evolve and party of stoogy old white men-- >> i know you want to turn this into a republican issue. when obama does it at one point he has a real position, he's for it. >> sure. >> sean: then he's running for president, polls don't show he's in agreement with the american people and then he's against it and gets reelected and now i can be for it again. now what? that is what everything everybody i know, dennis praguer, hates about politicians. god bless her, i like hillary clinton in some ways, i've got to tell you something, that's so phony, i want to read this prompter and tell you. it didn't seem sincere. >> we've got to be clear, it's a flip-flop as they say in the case of the president because he knew it was not popular when he was running in 2008 and he knows it's popular now and that's fine and maybe he sincerely changed his mind, but i believe originally he was for same-sex marriage. the thing is that what you just said is a very important point and i'd like to address it about stoogy old republicans or men or/and women. >> sean: and the republi
in syria. president obama has said that that is his red line. is this conflict overshadowing the visit? >> reporter: we have to be very careful when we talk about chemical weapons. when the white house talks about chemical weapons and red lines, what we believe them to mean are the very potent chemical weapons we know to be in their arsenal, vx, mustard and sarin gas. no indication those have been used and no confirmation that chemical weapons were actually used in these attacks yesterday by allegedly by the rebels and the regime. the white house has said there's no evidence. but despite that, this obviously raises the fears of their use of them falling into the wrong hands, so while the trip won't be overshadowed, it certainly highlights the need to discuss this while here in israel. >> all right. alex marquardt in jerusalem, the world will be watching. thank you for that. >>> we also have some breaking news to tell you about from south korea. a possible cyberattack has paralyzed the computer networks of some major banks and broadcasters. >> the outages hit simultaneously boosting spe
of a deadly chemical attack. the syrian government and rebels both blaming each other. the white house is looking into the report. if it is true it would be quote a grave violation of international law. >>> president obama is on his way to israel tonight for his first trip there since being elected in 2008. there are low expectations that the visit will produce anything fruitful. president obama will also visit the west bank and jordan during his three-day trip. >>> just off the west bank, rough seas continue for the island country of cyprus. today the parliament rejected a condition of the bailout package. it would allow the government to take a small percentage of people's savings accounts to pay for the country's debt. it is back to the drawing board for the president to devise a new plan. >>> hundreds of thousands of people poured into st. peter's square today for the inaugural mass of pope francis i. dignit arys travelled to the vatican to be part of today's service. jay gray has been following the election and the fest tivities. we have been talking a lot about the style and now
one is in the air. president obama's headed to israel. his first trip there as president. why is he going and what is the white house not telling us about the trip? ambassador john bolton is here to talk about that next. also, oh, is one of the women on "the view" ready to tell all. [ engine revving ] ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build must make adrenaline pump and pulses quicken. ♪ to help you not just stay alive... but feel alive. the c-class is no exception. it's a mercedes-benz, through and through. see your authorized mercedes-benz aler for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. through mercedes-benz (announcer) at scottrade, our clto make their money do more.re (ann) to help me plan my next move, i take scottrade's free, in-branch seminars... plus, their live webinars. i use daily market commentary to improve my strategy. and my local scottrade office guides my learning every step of the way. because they know i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. i'm with scottrade. (announcer) scottrade... ranked "highest in customer loyalty for broker
we know from the campaign, president obama never did visit israel as president and got quite a bit of criticism and question about that. so the white house and the president decided this was the perfect time to come, to demonstrate-- the number one purpose of this trip was to demonstrate to the israeli public and prime minister netanyahi that the u.s. does have israel's interest at heart and as the president said himself today, that the u.s. has israel's back. and the reason that's important is because president obama needs to work together with president netanyahi on two particularly difficult issues. one is how to stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and the other is what to do about the fallout from the conflict in syria. in addition, the president would like to advance the wil rel-palestinian piece process, and again he needs prime minister netanyahi for that. above all, the white house and the president calculate that if he can move israeli public opinion about him from its deeply unfavorable view now-- only 10% in a poll last week have a favorable poll of the president. 3
. the comments reverberating around the globe and here at home. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> reporter: talking tough in his first public comments on that reports that chemical weapons in the news in syria, president obama about the regime will be held accountable. >> when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking potentially add even more horrific scenes than we have already seen in syria and the international community has to act on that additional a permission. >> the president spoke at a news conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who is worried serious chemical weapons could wind up in the hands of terrorists or anti israeli extremists like hezbollah. mr. obama is stressing he is skeptical that they used chemical weapons and cautioned that the u.s. is still investigating claims that syrian president use them, the president a bushel when israeli reporter suggested that the u.s. has been sitting on its hands. >> is incorrect for you t
.s. engagement. the white house pentagon officials closely monitoring these developments. president obama's chief of staff dennis mcdonough told jake tapper they take the use of chemical weapons, quote, very seriously. >> we are going to be very clear to the syrian regime, as we have been throughout, and to all the syrian supporters throughout the world, and then obviously to our partners in the region, that if this is substantiated obviously it does suggest that the president's just said that this is a game changer and we'll act accordingly. >> game changer. so does that mean the united states would take some kind of military action? chris lawrence live at the pentagon for us. good morning, chris. >> good morning, christine. u.s. officials are telling us that they have seen the regime moving the chemical weapons away from some of the urban fighting areas over the last month or two. and the pentagon has been updating its military options so that if president obama requests them, they're ready to go. these sources are telling us that the u.s. has plenty of firepower in the area, including fighter
are awaiting the remarks from president obama as well as peres after their bilateral talks that are underway. but traveling with the president and joining us right now from jerusalem, nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. and with a long distance hello to you, peter, we have the president spending the back half of his day with prime minister netanyahu. how much is their pressure looming over those talks? >> reporter: well, the last time i was in israel, where you see that windmill over my shoulder, mitt romney was giving a speech. and during that trip, it was netanyahu who seemed to align himself with the president of israel. now these two leaders is trying to show the closeness of the relationship. to say all that friction was in the past, we got along so well, such that there was one moment that stood out. the drama of the morning, perhaps, was during that red carpet welcoming ceremony. the two of them walking side by side at the tarmac at the international airport in tel aviv. you saw the president take his jacket off and throw it over his shoulder. netanyahu awkwardly thought to
obama are starting new terms. there are major issues to be discussed. the white house is calling this a broad strategic conversation to focus on syria, iran and the israeli palestinian peace process. of course, three of the most pressing issues for these two countries today. >> if this is more about symbolism what progress can we expect from the president's meetings with the israelis and the palestinians? >> well of the three issue that will be discussed on this trip this is the one where the least progress is expected to be made. expectations have really been lowered by the white house. they made it very clear, since the trip was announced they aren't coming here with any grand plan, any new vision to get this peace process back on track. it hasn't budged in more than two years. and it will be discussed at the president's meetings with prime minister netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. none of these three sides are optimistic at this point that negotiators will be back at the table anytime soon. >> alex, let's talk about syria. the presid
claiming chemical weapons have been used for the first time, but the white house says there is no evidence yet to prove that. president obama has warned of possible u.s. military intervention if such weapons are used. >>> and a big development from another global hot spot, the korean peninsula. overnight the big banks and tv stations in south korea were paralyzed after an apparent cyberattack. north korea is the main suspect. >>> and here at home, autism may be far more widespread than we thought. a new government survey of parents found that 1 in 50 school-age children has some form of autism. a previous study said it was more like 1 in 88. this report found a significant number of children have been diagnosed at older ages. >>> and look at this. a dramatic scene in new york. a worker trapped up to his chest in mud for four hours finally pulled above ground overnight. more than 150 firefighters helping with that rescue. the man was working in a subway tunnel trench when the walls caved in. he is expected to be okay. >>> speaking of dramatic, look at what happened when the mayor of kansas
'll get started with the beginning of president obama's trip to the middle east. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is in jerusalem this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. among the first things the president said as he got air force one "it's good to get away from congress." that's the tone he set. there is more serious business here. this trip will be heavier on symbolism, probably lighter on substance. the big small goal, if you will, of the president, is to improve his personal perception here in israel, and hope that improvement gives him greater influence in the region. president obama arrived this morning in israel his first visit here as president. >> thank you so much, good to see you. >> it's wonderful to be here. >> how are you, my friend? good to see you. >> reporter: greeted with pomp and circumstance. topping the agenda with prime minister netanyahu the conflict in syria and iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but little progress is expected open the dormant israeli/palestinian peace plan. it's not how he thought thi
. >> reporter: new york. >> you know, i took paula abdul to the white house. same year. >> they said yes to you. >> guys like girls with a sense of humor. >> i'm a very funny guy. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next. barack obama arrives in israel for the first time as president of the united states. but where does the american israeli relationship stand? bennett, israel's minister of the economy is here to answer our questions. plus, mayor michael bloomberg called howard shultz ridiculous. he's out front to respond. and the head of colorado's department of corrections answers the door only to be shot down. we take you to the manhunt tonight. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight with friends like these, well, president obama arrived in israel to day. it was his first trip there as president. everything seemed rosey for a little while between him and benjamin netanyahu. >> and just as we have for these past 6 ayears, the united states is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend. >> i want to tha
clinton? he came here four times as president. he was so deeply involved, we were both covering the white house in those days, in the camp david process and others, the israelis miss that, a guy who can draw the maps, president bush didn't get that involved. president obama hasn't gotten that involved. they're different people, personally and how they carry themselves politically and in their philosophies. the prime minister in cracking jokes when the president has landed is trying to say, i'm trying and now we'll see if the president is trying. >> we'll get back to jessica in a moment. tom foreman, this trip comes at a time when so many israelis feel increasingly vulnerable due in large part to the major political changes occurring in the region and their neighborhood. tom is taking a closer look at that region. what are you seeing, tom? >> john made references of being able to draw the map there. it is important to bear in mind the map here. look at where the president is visiting here, he's going to really a small part of a small area, but a very important part as you know, with stops
in obama care. this year the federal government will bring in more revenue than any year in our history and yet we're still going to have a trillion dollars budget deficit. spending is the problem. >> the white house says in response, yes, it's true. taxes went up more than $600 billion over ten years at the end of the year but it is also true the white house put $1.5 trillion worth of spending cuts in their budget. the truth is you're both right. i mean, they have offered spending cuts. the taxes did go up. it still hasn't made enough of a dent. you still have to sit down and do something. >> right. i think we're doing our budget this year. actually we're doing it this week here in the house. our budget will balance in ten years. we're going to pass our budget. hopefully the senate will pass their budget. except their budget never comes to balance. the president's budget never comes to balance. you can't continue to spend money as far as the eye can see that you don't have. and that's what they're continuing to propose, along with higher taxes on the american people. >> but the politic
of your phone calls on the 10th anniversary of the war. fort, white house editor politico joins us on the phone this morning to go through what president obama plans to do on his first trip to israel. edward, we are learning the president has arrived in israel. what is on his agenda? guest: he has already given a .elcome speech at the airport he is off to inspect a battery .f muscles for the -- missiles he has meetings with the israeli president and with the prime minister. he is also going to be traveling to the west bank to meet with the president of the palestinian authority. he will be making a number of other stops, some ceremonial, some business and some tourism. ton, on friday, he will head jordan for the last piece of this trip and will spend a day in jordan meeting with the king there and talking with him about some of the other issues in the region. host: the president is giving a speech to israeli students. is visiting sacred places while he is there. what is the strategy? guest: well, the president is in a strange position. he has said that he did not want to go to isra
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